When Edelen — a Verden native — arrived in Chickasha, the team had hit a barren spell. She said the challenge of building the program up piqued her interest, and to see it progress with assistant coaches Chad Beery and, for the past two years, Miranda Stewart, has been a blessing.
"I always had that desire to go somewhere and make a difference," Edelen said. "When coach Beery and I started, the team before us won two games and lost 80 percent of their scoring. So, when we had just four wins in our first season, it was something."
Edelen said she will not have any say in deciding her successor, but she has full faith Athletic Director Yohance Brown will find a perfect match for the upward-trending Lady Chicks.
Chickasha fans gave her a nice sendoff at the final game of the season at the state tournament in Sapulpa, where a healthy contingent of purple cheered on the first Lady Chicks team to reach state in nearly 20 years. Edelen said it's just another example of the community support she and all the high school sports teams receive.
"Chickasha will always get behind their athletes," she said. "We knew we'd have a big crowd there. That's the exciting thing about basketball for me; it really ties the community and school together. Other sports do that ,as well, but in my experience that's just one of those things that basketball does really well."